My ultimate favorite time to go to Walt Disney World is when they have “decked the halls” for the holiday season!  Between the stunningly, decorated Christmas trees, the lights, and the overall feeling of happiness in the air it has all the makings for a truly magical Disney vacation!  Disney offers some extra “Disney Magic” during the holidays to make your trip even more festive.  These holiday activities include:

 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a separate ticket event that takes place in the Magic Kingdom.  The special shows and attractions at the party include:

  • Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle,
  • Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season (a special holiday fireworks show)
  • A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas
  • Mickey’s most Merriest Celebration show
  • Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
  • Meet-and-greet opportunities with your favorite characters throughout Magic Kingdom
  • Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
  • A magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.

The 2016 dates for the Very Merry Christmas Party are:

November 8th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 15th, 18th, 27th and 29th

December 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th,9th, 11th, 13th, 15th,16th,18th and 22nd.

Ticket price ranges from $86 to $99

Talk to your Travel Specialist about adding tickets to the Very Merry Christmas party to your family’s holiday trip.

 

Jingle Bell Jingle Bam

 New this year to Hollywood Studios is Jingle Bell Jingle Bam.  During this amazing night time spectacular you will join the characters from Disney’s Prep and Landing as they search the park for Kris Kringle, who has gone missing!  This night time presentation will light up Hollywood Studios like you have never seen it before!  Another option with the new Jingle Bell Jingle Bam holiday show is to take part in the Jingle Bell Jingle Bam Holiday party talk to your travel specialist about adding a reservation onto your package and you will be able to dine on holiday sweets and drinks with a Disney VIP character and then enjoy the nighttime show.

A Seasonal In-Room Celebration 

Disney floral gifts can transform your resort room into a holiday home away from home.  Imagine walking up to your Disney resort door to discover a Christmas banner welcoming your friends and family.  Once you step over the threshold you are welcomed by Disney Christmas décor and gifts from your favorite Disney characters.

For more information or to place an order please contact your Me and the Mouse Travel Specialist and they will be more than happy to help you add a some holiday magic to your resort stay!

 

Holidays Around the World at Epcot

An International Yuletide Extravaganza

At Epcot during the holiday season you can experience how each of the 11 nations around the world showcase celebrates the holidays.  Indulge in seasonal favorites, experience live musical productions and costumed performers as they bring seasonal traditions to life.  You may also visit Santa and Mrs. Clause as they visit the American Pavilion.

Candlelight Processional

The Candlelight Processional includes a guest celebrity narrator and a 50 piece orchestra.  The narrator tells a moving story from the bible of how the Savior was born to a virgin in the city of Bethlehem.  Intertwined with the readings are choral songs of hope and joy making this a not to miss show!

The 2016 Celebrity Guest Narrator’s include:

Steven Curtiss Chapman: November 25-27th

Neil Patrick Harris: November 28- December 1st

Whoopie Goldberg: December 2-3rd

Edward James Olmos: December 4-6th

Robby Benson: December 10-12th

Meredith Vieira: December 13-15th

Jim Caviezel: December 16-18th

Joe Morton: December 19-21st

Ming-Na Wen: December 22-24th

Jodi Benson:  December 25-27th

Cal Ripken Jr: December 28-30th

Illuminations

During Illuminations, Epcot’s fireworks and laser show, there are some holiday enhancements.  During the Holidays around the World at Epcot, the finale features the song, “Let there be peace on Earth”.

Disney's Holiday D-Lights Tour

Disney’s Holiday D-Lights Tour is a 5 hour guided tour that will show how Disney transforms into the most beautiful holiday wonderland!  Your tour guide or “Holiday Host” as they are called, will guide you on a journey with stops at Epcot, to see the Candle Light processional, Magic Kingdom to experience the Jingle Cruise”, and the star on top of the Christmas tree you will get to meet with some of the individuals responsible for turning Disney into a holiday wonderland.  You will also get to enjoy a family style barbeque dinner.

To inquire about adding the Holiday D-Lights Tour get in touch with your Me and the Mouse Travel Specialist!

Disney's Yuletide Fantasy…a backstage adventure

During the Disney’s Yuletide Fantasy 3 hour tour you will meet at Epcot’s silver and blue guided tours Epcot location.  From there you will head backstage and learn about all of the logistics involved in the seasonal transformation of Walt Disney World Resort each year.  You will meet the Disney “Elves” that transform the resort into a Walt Disney holiday wonderland.  You will be guided through the World Showcase and learn how each country in representation celebrates the holiday season.  You will also visit one of the resorts on the Disney property and get to absorb how Disney decorates on a grand scale using color, texture, attention to detail, illusion, and architecture.  You will also receive a special holiday keepsake.  To partake in the tour you must be at least 16 years of age and tickets are $99 per person.  To get the Disney Yuletide Fantasy tour added on to your vacation please contact your Me and the Mouse Travel Specialist.

Horse Drawn Excursion - Holiday Sleigh Rides

Get the opportunity to experience an activity from a treasured Christmas Carole classic, Jingle Bells.  You will go Dashing…well through the woodlands of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge & Campground, in a 1 horse open sleigh.  The sleigh, decorated in the Christmas fashion of lights and garlands, will take up to 4 adults (or 2 adults and up to 3 small children) on a 25 minute route that will have you “laughing all the way”.  The sleigh ride is priced at $79 per sleigh and it is a good idea to have your travel specialist make a reservation ahead of time to ensure availability for your family.

Festival of the Seasons

At Disney Springs you can really dive into the spirit of the season.  The streets are all decorated and there are Christmas trees perfect for a great family photo opportunity.  Your children will also get the opportunity to visit with Santa Clause and you can stop at the Star Bucks for some Hot Cocoa or maybe Ghirardelli Chocolates for some ice cream.  Then your family can enjoy some live Christmas entertainment including Christmas Carolers, a tree lighting ceremony, a dance party, and you can take a walk amongst specialty decorated Christmas trees!

Just in case your kids weren’t exactly sure what they wanted on their Christmas lists there is plenty of shopping to be done at Disney Springs…including The Christmas Store!

Victorian gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a beautiful place to visit and just look around if you don’t happen to be staying at that resort.  During the holidays there is another reason to make a stop on the monorail and visit the resort, the Victorian gingerbread house that they build and have on display!!!  The ingredients for the grandiose creation include: 1050lbs of honey, 140 pints of egg whites, 600lbs of powdered sugar, 700lbs of chocolate, 800lbs of flour, 35lbs of spices, and lots of Disney magic….oh did I forget to mention this is a fully functioning snack shop with actual cast members working inside!!!  Inside they sell creations such as: gingerbread men, gingerbread shingles, Mickey pops, and large gingerbread ornaments just to name a few.  Make sure to stop by and check this out!!!

 

Beth Rodgers

Travel Specialist